Mobile commerce solutions specialist, Spindle, announced a deal with ValidSoft that will use voice biometric authentication to pay for K-Cup coffee products at vending machines.
Also partnering on the project is vending machine manufacturer, Multi-max, whose machines are specifically designed for small to mid-size offices. The company maintains contracts throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As part of the agreement, Spindle will integrate its MeNetwork mobile commerce technology into Multi-max’s line of K-Cup vending machines.
Spindle’s MeNetwork solution will support all card-based payment services, as well as mobile marketing services. Accompanying the more conventional payment methods, however, will be Spindle’s use of ValidSoft’s In-band Voice Biometrics authentication technology, which has been tailored for Spindle’s mobile platform.
ValidSoft is a wholly owned subsidiary of Elephant Talk Communications, which has recently revealed the integration of its technology with Spindle’s new “MeNetwork360” mobile commerce ecosystem. It is this partnership that is allowing customers to pay for their coffee with their voice.
Spindle plans to deliver its K-Cup systems to businesses and coffee service suppliers throughout the United States. Spindle’s MeNetwork360 platform supports a number of features, including loyalty programs, e-coupons, rebates and special offers. The app also allows consumers to locate merchants, take advantage of offers, collect loyalty points and make purchases from their mobile devices.
Underlying Spindle and ValidSoft’s biometric implementation is Cardis USA. Cardis will provide the technology that will enable multiple consumer transactions made at different retailers to be handled with only one transaction processed through the payment network, lowering the overall transaction costs.